Gersh students go on to Adelphi

While some behaviors and sensory needs could prevent children with special needs from ever graduating with a high school diploma, four students on the autism spectrum at the Gersh Academy accomplished that very feat last week, with two moving on to Adelphi University in the fall.

Winning lottery ticket sold in West Hempstead

The New York Lottery announced a top prize winning ticket for the June 25 TAKE 5 drawing was sold at the 7-Eleven at 383 Hempstead Turnpike in West Hempstead. The winning ticket is worth $63,642.

Lead testing bill passes in both houses

Last week, a bill requiring all public schools to test their water for lead was given the green light by both the Senate and the Assembly, and is expected to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

W.H. composer debuts Evangeline at Adelphi

“Please, don’t kiss the butcher, please, don’t hold his hand,” are lyrics you may remember from the popular D’Agostino Supermarket commercials that played throughout the 1960s. Written by West Hempstead’s very own gifted composer Marylyn Varriale, this jingle went on to receive a Big Apple Award and became one of many musical accomplishments throughout her career.

West Hempstead names its valedictorian and salutatorian

Perseverance and dedication to academics, extracurricular activities and community outreach paid off for West Hempstead High School seniors Maheen Khan and Gabriel Berkowitz, who have been designated valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2016.